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Infographic: The Syrian conflict

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Syria's civil war has inflicted a humanitarian crisis, expansive exodus of the population and a severe death toll. New Internationalist presents the facts in this zoomable infograph.

 

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This might help if any questions come up, particularly if working with upper KS2 or beyond.

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Yardmap - Improving backyard habitat for birds

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YardMap is a new Citizen Science Project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology designed to let you make landscape maps of your yard and other green spaces like parks and nature reserves. Sign-up now to get started-
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Baggie Chemistry | Concord Consortium

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In this experiment, two chemicals that can be found around the house will be mixed within a plastic baggie, and several chemical changes will be observed.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Check Out the EduTechGuys Podcast

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Facts & Myths about Computational Thinking in Classrooms

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Whenever I speak to teachers about computational thinking it seems to place a layer of tension and confusion upon their shoulders, as most have preconceptions about this new ‘imposition placed upon them’.

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There's a Clever Plan to Make Robots More Useful to Astronauts

There's a Clever Plan to Make Robots More Useful to Astronauts | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Humans only live aboard the International Space Station for a few months, maybe a year. Robots, on the other hand, don’t need food or water or comfort, and can work on the station for as long as need be. Useful! And they’ll be even more useful with a new method of memory storage that can store years of information. They’ll practically be the elders of low-earth orbit.
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How Undergraduate Journals Foster Scientific Communication - Sci-Ed

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“Too often, people ignore that a key part of being scientific leader is being a communicator,” says Peter Kalugin.

But how can students start fostering the communication skills important for science? National and institutional undergraduate science journals offer platforms in which participants can engage in science writing for students, by students. Many undergraduate journals publish original student research papers as well as science news and review articles that condense complex ideas into a written piece that–ideally–readers without an extensive science background can easily digest.

According to Kalugin, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Young Investigators (JYI), “Most of JYI’s readers are undergraduates, often from abroad, and interacting with our journal makes it easier for them to join the international scientific community. I think that the geographical and disciplinary breadth of the scientific dialogue in JYI makes it a unique way for young scientists from around the world to make lasting connections while exchanging their research.”


Cover of the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science. Source: Wikipedia
1) Undergraduate Science Journals help students to summarize complex concepts

Students can also take advantage of the number of opportunities offered by undergraduate science journals to gain professional skills. First, writing articles pushes students to translate complex scientific concepts into a concise article that can describe the nature of and the importance of scientific findings to a wider audience. This process provides an opportunity for students to delve into their topic of interest and allows them to reinforce what they have learned.

Andy Zureick, a second-year medical student and a former Editor-in-Chief of the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science (DUJS), learned “how to report research findings in the form of a science news article and how to write a scientific review article and synthesize information from primary literature, news articles, textbooks, and other sources into a paper accessible to an audience with limited exposure to a particular field.” By participating in a student-run research journal, Andy was able to pick up a number of useful skills in science communication.

2) Undergraduate Science Journals provide an opportunity for students to hone their writing skills

Moreover, students who participate in undergraduate science journals can also improve their writing skills in a supportive and low-risk environment and acquaint themselves in practices common in science journals and journalism in general, such as conducting peer-reviews and undertaking performing fact-checks to ensure that an article is as accurate as possible.

“It’s through journals like JYI that students can learn to write and talk comfortably in a scientific context,” says Kalugin. Proficiency in verbal communication is a valued skill in any field. Working closely with a peer editor who can pinpoint problems in a written piece can can help student writers to learn critical skills like avoiding grammar errors and organizing their ideas effectively.

Zureick credits the DUJS’s emphasis on training and education for guiding him through the–at first, daunting–writing process by pairing him up with more experienced upperclassmen editors. “ I was initially intimidated when initially faced with the challenge of writing an article on a specific area of science in which I was nowhere near an expert, but with the mentorship and guidance of upperclassmen running the DUJS at the time, I learned how to effectively communicate key findings and takeaways in otherwise dense articles or science lectures.”

“I’ve already used what I learned from my experiences with the DUJS in various scholarly endeavors in medical school, and I’m grateful to have had the formative experience I did as an undergraduate science journalist and editor.” The skills that Andy picked up at Dartmouth have come in handy, now that he finds himself training for his career goal as a clinician-investigator.

3) Undergraduate Science Journals introduces students to the world of academic articles

Noor Al-Alusi, the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal, also points out the skills that students can gain by taking on the leadership of these publications, which can often be complex. “I’ve had to develop the ability to evaluate research in fields other than my own specialty. By reviewing and editing articles, I have also learned how to quickly spot critical characteristics of strong or weak research articles.”

This sentiment is echoed by Kalugin, “Writing about science is an indispensable part of every academic career, and I feel that my work with JYI has prepared me well for this task. In addition, I have learned how to better manage a large group of my peers, a skill that will be critical when I start my own lab in the future.” Kalugin is also confident that the skills that he is learning on the job will help him in his own path in becoming a physician-scientist.

Thanks to the Internet, students are getting a taste for scientific writing by contributing to and organizing a host of undergraduate science journals, thereby creating a new generation of scientists who are ready to communicate their findings to the general public.

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NBC Learn - K12 - Home

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NBC Learn K-12 offers unique collections of video resources, primary sources, historic footage, images, mini-documentaries and text resources designed for use in the K-12 classroom.
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Lots of resources for Hispanic Heritage Month here in addition to great mini-documentaries.

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Mathematics | Concord Consortium

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Educational activities, models and interactives for teaching and learning mathematics.
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This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations

This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if you want them to be. For the past few years, people across the world have studied calculus for free online, by exploring a set of gorgeous, dynamic animations.
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Celeste: A new model for cataloging the universe - Phys.Org

Celeste: A new model for cataloging the universe - Phys.Org | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The roots of tradition run deep in astronomy.
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New Species in Human Lineage Is Found in a South African Cave

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The new hominin species was announced on Thursday by an international team of more than 60 scientists led by Lee R. Berger, an American paleoanthropologist.
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TED-Ed | Periodic Videos

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The team at Periodic Videos has created a TED-Ed Lesson for every element of the periodic table.

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‘Caleb’ Film Trailer Released — What Happens When a 9-Year-Old Boy 3D Prints a Copy of Himself?

‘Caleb’ Film Trailer Released — What Happens When a 9-Year-Old Boy 3D Prints a Copy of Himself? | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
While 3D printing is still in its early stages of attracting mainstream attention within the media, and you can still ask a group of people in a room if they kn

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‘Caleb’ Trailer Released — What Happens When a 9-Year-Old Boy 3D Prints a Copy of Himself? http://3dprint.com/91713/caleb-film-3d-print-trailer/

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volcanoes

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This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about volcanoes. Use search to find more.
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Meet H. Naledi, a Long-Lost Ancestor

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SCIENCE Scientists have discovered a new species of human ancestor deep in a South African cave, adding a baffling new branch to our family tree. (Nat Geo News) How might H. naledi change “Hominin ...
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WeAreTeachers: Visual Storytelling: 5 Cool Projects That Combine Art and Writing

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Visual Storytelling: 5 Cool Multimedia Projects That Combine Art and Writing

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Crusty Science: Bread | Science of Cooking | Exploratorium TV

Crusty Science: Bread | Science of Cooking | Exploratorium TV | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Find out how yeast performs its biochemical transformation of a bit of flour and water into crusty, delicious bread. Explore the history of breadmaking around the world, and learn how bread has come to occupy such a central place in the cuisines of many nations. We'll bake some bread in our studio kitchen, play with yeast and glutens in our lab, and share recipes.
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Excavation of Rome home leads to startling ancient discovery

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Discovery by archaeologists shows that the ancient Italian city was much bigger than previously thought

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Video Demos: How Minorities in Tech Can Inspire Students to Follow

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Students teach their peers the basics of computer programming through short how-to videos sponsored by the non-profit CodeNow.
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It's Time to Get Rid of Education's Sacred Cows

It's Time to Get Rid of Education's Sacred Cows | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The education field has too many unquestioned assumptions that persist even as the world changes, writes Angela Minnici.
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Can Virtual High Schools Live Up to the Hype?

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E-learning in K-12 is a growing trend, but many schools are underperformers. What's to be done?
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5. How to make a Game | Construct 2 | Without Coding

Add Sound Effects & Fix Some Problem Part 1 : https://youtu.be/8NPUfogw954 Part 2 : http://youtu.be/jp7Nnn3g6Lc Part 3 : https://youtu.be/-Oxs1DXeTsA Part 4 ...
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New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect

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The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.
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NASA Video Reveals How 35 Years of Trash Turned Into Ocean Garbage Patches

NASA Video Reveals How 35 Years of Trash Turned Into Ocean Garbage Patches | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
The Scientific Visualization Team used computer models to show how plastic and other refuse collects in five spots.
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